Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, December 28, 2012

Watch the Game Tape!

Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"
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With the NFL playoffs quickly approaching, many of the teams are feverishly preparing for their next game with the hopes of making it to the super bowl. And in that preparation, not only are there plans being made, plays being run, and weights being lifted, but there are also videos being watched. See what every owner, coach and player knows is that to prepare for the game, you have to know who you're playing. So teams are spending countless hours reviewing tape to see how their next opponent plays, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and what to expect on the field from them.

Well, there is an even greater opponent that we face who is not after just some title or a championship ring. He is after our very lives. He goes by many names including satan, the devil, lucifer, beelzebub, the evil one, the adversary, father of lies, prince of this world, evil spirit, the tempter, accuser of the brethren, angel of the bottomless pit, power of the air, ruler of darkness, god of this world, wicked one, and that old serpent. And we certainly don't just go up against him on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. We face him everyday. Yet, most people know so little about him, and that lack of knowledge makes you vulnerable to defeat. So let's review the tape.

  • satan is subtle: God describes satan the serpent in Genesis 3 as being subtle. He didn't jump out at Eve with red tail wagging and pitchfork poking. He slithers in quietly and unassumingly so that he can get in close enough to strike. So expect him when you least expect him and look for him where you never thought he'd be.
  • satan is a tempter: he will try to draw you away from God with temptations. In Matthew Ch. 4 he even tried to tempt Jesus by promising Him power and riches. But Jesus taught us by example by using the greatest offensive weapon we have, the Word of God. He threw scripture in satan's face by quoting from the book of Deuteronomy three times. 
  • satan can do a lot but he can only do so much: in the book of Job, God told satan he could touch Job's life but he couldn't take Job's life. satan didn't protest or try to go any further than what God would allow. That lets us know that though satan is powerful, his power is limited, and it is our omnipotent God who holds all power in His hands.
  • satan is a liar: satan told Eve that if she ate of the forbidden fruit, she would not die, but that her eyes would be opened and she would become like a god. What a liar! In fact, in John Ch. 8, the bible says that "... He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him...he is a liar, and the father of it."
So before you go back on the field, review the game tape. Understand who you are facing on the other side of the ball. But not only that, make sure you are on the winning team. Jesus is the owner, coach and MVP of my team. How about yours? No matter how many devils you may be facing, with the Lord on your side, the outcome has already been decided for your life and YOU WILL WIN! Don't believe it. Watch the game tape!

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